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8Aug/11Off

HTCDev launches: 3D, Sense & Pen SDKs plus Bootloader tools

HTC has officially opened the doors to HTCDev.com, its new developer portal and the future home for all bootloader unlocking tools. Announced back in June, HTCDev consists of guidance and tutorials for coding for HTC smartphones, as well as the HTC OpenSense SDK framework. Among the tools available initially are the HTC S3D SDK, for use with the EVO 3D, and the HTC Pen SDK.

The S3D SDK will allow developers to access the dual-camera functionality on the EVO 3D, just like the phone itself can shoot 3D photos and video, as well as create content for display on the glasses-free 3D screen. Meanwhile, the Pen SDK is intended for use with HTC’s Scribe active stylus, currently limited to the HTC Flyer but, our sources suggest, a lock-in for not just the HTC Puccini tablet expected in the near future, but models in the pipeline for 2012 too.

There’ll also be full access to the kernel source code for each of HTC’s Android devices, along with all the documentation you could hope for. The company confirmed earlier this month that it would be supplying future Android handsets with locked bootloaders and offering the unlock solution via the web, kicking off with the global HTC Sensation, followed by the T-Mobile Sensation, and then the EVO 3D.

Registration and support is free, and HTC is obviously hoping that developers get on board to create apps that will further distinguish its Android phones from those of rival OEMs. The company has already hinted that it has further ambitions with the direction it will take Sense in; recently it confirmed that it would acquire cloud sync and remote-access specialist Dashwire.


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HTCDev launches: 3D, Sense & Pen SDKs plus Bootloader tools is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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8Aug/11Off

Walmart, Amazon Offering 8-inch VIZIO V-Tab for $300

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If you were ever wishing for a tablet to accompany your internet connected VIZIO TV, you’ve caught a break – the 8 inch VIZIO V-Tab is now on sale for $300 at both Walmart and Amazon. While this thing isn’t going to be desirable to most of you, VIZIO’s integration with their internet-connected products could be worth shelling out for it. (And you’ll get all of the other functionality of modern pre-Honeycomb tablets, as well). A 1GHz processor 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage won’t turn heads in a crowd of tech geeks, but it shouldn’t be half bad for what VIZIO intends for its users to use it for. [Laptoping]


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8Aug/11Off

HTCDev.com – A Portal for Bootloader Unlocking, Kernel Source Downloading and OpenSense SDK

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I can imagine HTCDev.com – HTC’s new developer portal – is going to get a whole lot of traffic from here on out. They’ve launched the new portal in anticipation of the bootloader unlocking tool that they confirmed would be here starting this month.  Along with that comes the kernel source we’ve enjoyed before over at developer.htc.com as well as the OpenSense SDK that will allow developers to tap into various HTC Sense elements and APIs. The previous developer site no longer exists (it forwards to HTCDev.com) but we aren’t too bummed. Check it out if you want, but most of you won’t be interested until that bootloader unlock tool is ready.


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8Aug/11Off

Android Market Developer Has Had Enough, Goes Ballistic on Market Commenters

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Can this be likened to workplace stress? Unwarranted verbal abuse due to psychological instability? Or do these market commenters really deserve it? Up to everyone to decide for themselves, I suppose, but one thing is absolutely true – this is freaking hilarious and I’m sure other developers know exactly how he feels. [Market via Reddit]

Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).
For adults, men and women.

I’m so bored with persons like Dora and other. Why are you so STUPID ?!
CHANGE ****THE UNITS**** and USE ****INCHES**** NOT FEET !

- Dora, 5’2 = 62 inches, and 62 inches with 120lbs = 21.94 BMI !!!
- Charles and Erik, you are not obese, juste stupid.
- Yes Charles, if you put 6 FEET in the INCHES text field and 175 lbs, yes the calculation can’t be right. 6 foot = 72 inches with 175lbs = 23.73 BMI !!!
My application can not guess that you have not learned to read
- Tom, 25.38, OMG, yes, more than 25 your are overweight, BUT if you exceeded by only 0.38, or 1, seriously! think a little! A lipo between your ears to get to 25? It’s on the house!
- tyler, non, and you, are you kidding ? BMI is calculated ONLY with Height and Weight (see wikipedia).

IT’S WRITTEN
***Weight/lbs*** | ***Tall/inches*** IF you choose IMPERIAL UNITS (menu button) OR
***Weight/kg*** | ***Tall/cm*** IF you choose METRIC UNITS (menu button)

AND I want to thank those who took the time to understand this simple app.


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8Aug/11Off

K-Mart to Offer Sprint’s Original Galaxy Tab for $100

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While this is far from everyone’s most wanted tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab could be a nice device for those who enjoy simplicity and who don’t want to spend half a paycheck on today’s monsters. If you’re one of those people, K-Mart has a great deal on Sprint’s Galaxy Tab – $99 after a two-year agreement and mandatory data plan, and no mail-in rebates to be had. Unfortunately, this K-Mart offer doesn’t state if this is a permanent promotion, but be sure to call around and ask. Let us know if you find out more. [SprintFeed]


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8Aug/11Off

GetJar Gold Offers Free Apps, Too

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Following Amazon, the folks at GetJar have started a program to offer free applications to users that would otherwise cost coin. They’re calling it GetJar gold and it works a bit differently from Amazon’s. For starters, more free applications are available at one time, and they’re added by the bulk – no having to hope you don’t miss out on an app because you forgot to check the app market.

Unfortunately, it’s unclear how long these paid applications remain free. GetJar says new apps will be added weekly on their page, however, so you can at least expect new content often.

Our friend Artem points out that applications downloaded from GetJar are a “one-time” thing, meaning any updated version would need to be submitted as a new app to GetJar and you would need to pay for it if a developer decides to go that route.

We’ll reach out to GetJar to get more information regarding the promotion, but in the meantime be sure to check out their pretty decent list of applications if you don’t mind straying from the Android market or Amazon. [Droid-Life]


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8Aug/11Off

Boeing looks for non-NASA pilots for taking CST-100 to ISS

When I was a kid, I always wanted to be an astronaut. When I was young though I knew to be an astronaut meant that you had to be a military person generally and I’m not cut out to do what other people want me to at all times. If you always wanted to be an astronaut, Boeing is going outside NASA to put a couple of its employees behind the controls of the CST-100 capsule on a test flight of the craft in 2015.

I mentioned a while back that the CST-100 would be shot into orbit attached to the tip of the Atlas 5 rocket. Boeing has now stated that it is looking for two pilots that work within the company right now to fly one of the missions. The first flight will put the capsule into orbit and the second will be a part-way to orbit trip to practice an aborted mission.

These first two missions will be unmanned with the third seeing the pilots go all the way to the ISS where they will dock with the space station. The CST-100 capsule is expected to start commercial space service in 2016. The selection process for the two pilots at Boeing is already underway. Boeing officials want the first pilot on board early so the pilot can work with the design process team.

[via BBC]


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Boeing looks for non-NASA pilots for taking CST-100 to ISS is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Amazon tablets potentially loss-leaders

Amazon is reportedly considering selling its Android-based tablets as loss-leaders, in effect subsidizing the slates below cost in the expectation that buyers are then likely to spend on ebooks, multimedia and cloud storage over the lifetime of the device. Although not yet locked in as the sales strategy, Amazon is looking at launching its iPad rivals at 20- to 25-percent less than it actually costs to produce them, PCMag‘s sources reckon, in a manner familiar to anyone who has bought a razor or a printer.

The back-of-envelope sums going on at Amazon HQ apparently suggest that, over a two-year ownership period, the company would expect to recoup not only the physical cost of the tablet but turn a profit too. As well as Kindle ebooks and UnBox movie downloads, along with software bought through the Amazon Appstore for Android, the retailer could factor in cloud store revenue and advertising.

Subsidies aren’t exactly unfamiliar territory to Amazon. The company already offers the Kindle with Special Offers which, thanks to showing adverts on its homescreen, is cheaper than the regular version and has quickly become a best-seller. Part of the appeal is that the adverts on display are reasonably well contained: they only show up on the homescreen menus, not in the ebooks themselves.

Whether Amazon could manage a similar thing with advertising on a tablet remains to be seen, but the company certainly has the scale to look to the longer-term in its slate strategy. As HP has discovered, sometimes it takes drastic measures to get your foot in the door against a solid rival like the iPad. Amazon reportedly expects to sell 3m tablets this fall.


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Amazon tablets potentially loss-leaders is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Robot created by MIT grad student bakes cookies!

Robots are pretty cool when they can do stuff on their own. I’m impressed to see robots that can vacuum or help people do simple things around the home. When the robot can do more complex things like make a recipe with multiple steps, I am even more impressed. When after the recipe is complete I can eat the cookies said robot makes I am ready to get my own robot.

MIT grad student Mario Bollini has made a robot and trained the bot how to make chocolate cookies from scratch. The bit that the student used in the project is the PR2 form Willow Garage. The PR2 is the same bot is talked about a while back that was being used to assist a quadriplegic man with his daily living tasks.

The PR2 in this project is able to identify the ingredients used in the cookies using color and size. The bot also uses a laser scanner and a stereo camera to find the butter and the cookie sheet. The bot follows directions, makes the dough, puts the cookies on the pan, and then bakes them up. The open thing the bot can’t do yet is clean up the mess. Check out the videos below to see the bot in action.

[via DesignTaxi]


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Robot created by MIT grad student bakes cookies! is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Seagate GoFlex Turbo packs USB 3.0 and SafetyNet recovery

Seagate has outed its latest GoFlex Turbo external hard-drive range, and as well as promising a high-speed USB 3.0 way of getting your data onto the disk, there’s also some reassurance that you’ll be able to get it off again should things not go to plan. Seagate is bundling its SafetyNet data recovery service with the new models, a two-year insurance policy that will see the company attempt to remotely or in-lab extract your data should the drive break.

Two models are on offer, with either 500GB or 750GB of storage. Both GoFlex Turbo drives use 9mm 7,200rpm 2.5-inch HDDs, and Seagate bundles a copy of Memeo backup for PC and Mac so as to help you fill it up in the first place. As it’s a GoFlex drive, while it comes with a USB 3.0 adapter you can pop that off and replace it with a FireWire, eSATA or other connector, or indeed dock it into one of Seagate’s media docks.

You only get coverage of one incident under the bundled SafetyNet plan, but to be fair that’s more than most drives offer, and professional data recovery services can be expensive things to buy on their own. The new Seagate GoFlex Turbo HDDs are available now, priced at $119.99 for 500GB and $139.99 for 750GB.


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Seagate GoFlex Turbo packs USB 3.0 and SafetyNet recovery is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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